This project is the refurbishment of a 22 year old school cafeteria at the Chinese International School. As the school evolved and grew, the cafeteria was no longer able to handle the current student body and its activities. The design team and the school directors envisioned an environment that promotes a culture of good interaction and well-being amongst students. Already at its maximum capacity, the previously congested cafeteria is now considerably de-cluttered and open. The palette of concrete, steel, and wood finishes characterize a “raw” ambiance that relates to the same rawness described by the salubriousness of organic food. Existing ceiling panels and partitions were removed to bring in more sunlight and give a larger sense of space. Newly organized elements of the cafeteria (e.g. serving stations, cashier stands, folding wall) not only efficiently channel the student traffic but the new flexible design can also accommodate a wider range of functions and age groups; self-serve meals for primary and secondary school students, served meals for the infant division at staggered time, staff meetings, PTA meetings, dance parties, film screening and other school events can take place in the rejuvenated venue. With more all-around breathing room and improved circulation, the cafeteria now operates as a communal space that is no longer limited to one purpose. This project is fulfilled with the belief that good, well-thought out design has the real potential in introducing good behavior and a healthier lifestyle to students.
+ Honoree for 2012 Best-of-Year Award by Interior Design Magazine
Type School cafeteria renovation
Client Chinese International School
Location Braemer Hill, Hong Kong
Team openUU + CL3 Architects Ltd.